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Enrollment days approach for 2012-13 school year

Enrollment days approach for 2012-13 school year

As the 2012-13 school year quickly approaches, it's almost time for enrollment in the Madison Metropolitan School District.

This year, families can save time at their school enrollment day by enrolling online ahead of time.

"We are excited to begin a new school year and advance learning for all of our students," Superintendent Jane Belmore said in a news release. "As the enrollment process begins, we encourage families to use our online system to save time on enrollment day."

All families must attend enrollment day at their child's school, but they can save time by first using the district's online enrollment system, available starting Monday, Aug. 6, at www.mmsd.org/enroll. The district is also offering online payment for the first time this year.

Madison man arrested on 5th OWI charge

A Madison man was arrested on a charge of fifth-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated Sunday.

A Madison police officer on routine patrol stopped a car on Packers Avenue near Commercial Avenue just before 3 a.m. Sunday after observing the vehicle swerving back and forth while its driver tried to stay in a traffic lane, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

Police said the driver, Donald Trice, 55, was arrested on the drunken-driving charge.�

Ridgewood wins rain delayed All-City swim meet

It took them a little longer to do it than normal, but the members of the Ridgewood swim team are All-City Swim Meet champions for the third straight year.

Ridgewood beat Middleton 2003 to 1876 in the three day event at the Hawks Landing pool on Madison's far West Side.

The meet wasn't decided until 7:15 p.m. Saturday, due to a four hour rain delay.

Ridgewood fielded the largest team ever in All-City history, bringing 266 swimmers to the meet.

Monona came in third, followed by Parkcrest.

Shorewood, who came in to the All-City meet undefeated, ended up fifth, 2 1/2 points ahead of Seminole.

Next year, the 13 teams of the Madison All-City league will head to Middleton for the annual meet.

Fire causes major damage to north side home

Madison firefighters knocked down a fire at a home on the north side late Friday night that caused more than $90,000 in damage.

The fire was called in just before midnight at the home in the 900 block of Blaine Drive on Madison?s north side.

According to the fire department, firefighters arrived two minutes after the call came in, and had the blaze knocked down within 10 minutes.

Nearby neighbors discovered the fire when they saw a glow coming from the house, according to the fire department. The neighbor ran to the home to wake up the homeowner. The homeowner was not hurt.

Mallards win in extra innings

A solo homer by center fielder John Welborn helped the Madison Mallards keep their post-season hopes alive and beat the La Crosse Loggers 7-6 Wednesday in La Crosse.

The win kept the Mallards from getting swept in the four game series.

The Mallards bats came alive Wednesday, despite being no hit by the Loggers the night before. Welborn hit two homers in the game, and left fielder Derek Fisher and third basement Nicholas Howard also got homers for Madison. Hobie McClain earned his fourth win of the season for the Mallards, who are 16-8 in the second half of the season.

The Mallards continue their five game road trip tonight as they start a series against the Eau Claire Express.

The Mallards return to the ?Duck Pond? on Sunday to start a five game series with the Lakeshore Chinooks.

Mallards no-hit in La Crosse

The La Crosse Loggers defeated the Madison Mallards 10-0 Tuesday night as two Loggers pitchers combined on a no-hitter.

Loggers starter Jesse Holiday (Southern) and reliever Jacob Dorris (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi), combined to throw the no-hitter.

La Crosse is now 14-9 in the second half of the Northwoods League season while Madison drops to 15-8.

The Loggers have now won three straight over the Mallards.

Burglary victim uses surveillance video to catch teens

Madison police said a 29-year-old burglary victim used surveillance video to help officers catch two teenage suspects.

Her car was broken into in the underground parking garage of her apartment complex on July 16, and photos of the teens that broke into her car were taken at that time, according to police.

Saturday morning, police said the victim recognized one of the teens sleeping in a stairwell of her Northridge Terrace apartment building. Officers found the teen in the building with a second teen, according to police.

Police said the 17-year old denied being in the garage at the time of the crime, but the officer told him there were photos.

"I would like to see that, because I wasn't in no parking garage stealing anything," he told police.

That?s when an officer showed him a photo.